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Dumfries wood machining company fined for safety failings

27th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A 28-year-old employee was seriously injured after he was crushed by an automated scraper at a sawmill while performing his daily duties.

Steven Cairns of Ecclefechan was clearing out the debris that collected underneath two log hauls at the end of his working day.

The scrapers, which aid the task of clearing debris, were still moving while Mr Cairns was working. One of the bars caught him from behind and dragged him through a ‘shear point’, where the bar passed underneath the scraper machinery.

Mr Cairns suffered various internal injuries and multiple pelvic fractures. He had to be airlifted to hospital after the incident.

The company, Hunter Wilson Ltd, was fined £44,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 11(1) and 11(2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

HSE inspector Martin McMahon said: “This incident was entirely preventable. Hunter Wilson Ltd had identified the scraper system as a risk to employees.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801665542-ADNFCR


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